Planted once. Little care. Enjoyed year after year.
What have you read in your lifetime that inspired you to a sustainable act or to live green? Can you answer this question quickly or did you have to stop and think a spell? I had to do the later which is why I took up the Earth Day Reading Project challenge - a by-invitation blog meme that asks bloggers to commemorate Earth Day 2011 by sharing at least three books that inspired them to a sustainable act or to live a more 'green' life, and why.
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This time of year the undergrowth of Connecticut woodlands begins to show a tinge of green. This color is certainly welcome relief after a long winter. Too bad so much of this color is due to invasive Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii de Candolle). This thorny shrub dominates unmanaged wooded areas. Deer don't eat it and birds spread it by eating and dispersing the shrubs' prolific fall berries. Japanese barberry quickly grows into large thickets that provide cover for mice and an ideal environment for immature blacklegged ticks - the very ticks that carry Lyme disease. In their early life, ticks are susceptible to desiccation – they need high-humidity at the ground level to thrive. Japanese barberry accommodate young ticks by leafing out earlier than most native shrubbery. The early leaves help maintain moisture levels at ground level by blocking drying sunshine.